After the longest January we can remember (who allowed a month to have five Mondays, am I right?), February is here. And with it, a whole new batch of books to curl up with while the sun still sets early, and the temperatures still hover a few degrees too low.
Book-lovers, you’re in luck. February holds gems from debut novelists, seasoned writers, and a memoirst whose story you won’t be forgetting anytime soon. Specifically, we’re talking about Tara Westover’s Educated, in which she recalls her childhood in an off-the-grid, very religious household, and how she pursued a PhD despite not having stepped into a classroom until she was 17. Two of February’s novels about college-aged women function as the perfect fictional follow-ups to Educated. In Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi, our highly intellectual protagonist goes on an international romp in pursuit of higher knowledge. And in Akwaeke Emezi’s stunning debut, Freshwater, a woman travels to America from Nigeria for college – and the spirits that live inside her mind awaken and come along with her.
So, without further ado, here are the books we’re excited for in February. Our official book club pick is An American Marriage by Tayari Jones.